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Just How Bad Is Delta's Food?

Wed Aug 01, 2007 6:38 pm

Last weekend at Dublin Airport, what seemed to be the entire cabin crew of a Delta flight were in the convenience shop buying breakfast rolls and other take-away snacks. Going by their immaculate appearance they seemed to be departing. The pilots waited outside, remaining dignified and aloof from this gorgefest-scramble.

Is Delta's food THAT bad, or do they not get breakfast in their hotel? I've never seen this before.
 
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RE: Just How Bad Is Delta's Food?

Wed Aug 01, 2007 8:18 pm

Quoting Braybuddy (Thread starter):
Just How Bad Is Delta's Food?

No worse than any other airline's that I have tried. You're never going to please anyone with airline food.

I wouldn't consider DL food bad compared to the other offerings out there. I can't speak for food in Steerage on international flights but the stuff up front was comparable to anything I had eaten up front on other airlines including VS and SQ. Domestic First food is ok but they do server the same thing over and over while domestic steerage gets snack packs.

I believe the pilots get a Business class meal while the stewardesses get something from Steerage. While it might not be horrible I'm guessing they get tired of eating the same thing and choose to buy their own food before leaving.
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RE: Just How Bad Is Delta's Food?

Wed Aug 01, 2007 8:46 pm

I flew F class to HNL last summer and had a very nice steak lunch. It was the first time I've ever had airline food (minus a lunch on TWA 10 years ago), and I was very satisfied. A nice salad to start off, then lunch, hot fudge sunday for dessert. Then a bag of chips and a turkey wrap before we landed. Overall I'd say it was pretty good, but like I said I really have no basis for comparison.
 
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RE: Just How Bad Is Delta's Food?

Wed Aug 01, 2007 8:59 pm

I've never found airline food to be bad. I mean when you are preparing meals for thousands of people, I bet it would a bit difficult to please everyone's taste buds.

Another question, it seems the airlines which I have flown, internationally anyway, serve the same main entree which is chicken, beef or pasta. Do the same chefs prepare food for all the airlines or are there several companies at one airport?

I remember ordering the kids meal for my children several years ago with Varig. They brought meals with cheeseburger, french fries, chocolate milk, chocolate candy, chocolate cake, and chocolate pudding! For some reason they didn't complain.
 
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RE: Just How Bad Is Delta's Food?

Wed Aug 01, 2007 9:08 pm

When I flew JFK-ATH, I had 3 rounds of drinks, snacks, then the dinner which was lasagna or chicken, I had the chicken and my gf had the lasagna. They were good considering it's an airline food. After that, 2 more rounds of drinks, plus fruit for desserts and that's it.

On the ATH-JFK route, the dinner was replaced with chicken wraps, and haggan daz ice cream was served for dessert!  Smile
 
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RE: Just How Bad Is Delta's Food?

Wed Aug 01, 2007 9:09 pm

Chicken, steak or pasta are quite universal, very few won't eat those offerings. Usually the Pasta dish is vegetarian to cater to that rather large segment. Also don't forget there's a lot of people who don't eat pork, that's why chicken or steak (beef) are a safer bet.
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RE: Just How Bad Is Delta's Food?

Wed Aug 01, 2007 9:09 pm

As a Flight Attendant I always bring my own food with me, I very seldom eat anything that we serve. It's not that the food we serve onboard is bad, it's just not the healthiest. Secondly, even if you do eat the food it's the same thing every trip and it gets old after awhile. On the other hand, 95% of pilots will eat anything we give them. Why would a pilot pay to bring his own food onboard when he gets it for FREE onboard.
 
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Wed Aug 01, 2007 9:19 pm

My oldest son and I were upgraded to First Class 2 years ago on American from Miami-Sao Paulo. I loved the food and service. My son asked if he could have the meal from economy. Teenagers! Sheesh!
 
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RE: Just How Bad Is Delta's Food?

Wed Aug 01, 2007 9:53 pm

Quoting Braybuddy (Thread starter):
Is Delta's food THAT bad, or do they not get breakfast in their hotel? I've never seen this before

I did a SNN JFK SNN with DL recently, and the food was quite good actually - filling, tasty, and well presented.

However, the Y class menu hasnt changed much in five years, so could imagine that the crew are pretty bored with it by now.
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RE: Just How Bad Is Delta's Food?

Wed Aug 01, 2007 9:56 pm

Delta's first class domestic meal isn't horrible - it's some type of chicken breast (presented a couple of different ways), a couple of sides (potatoes are pretty common as one), a small salad, and a piece of cake. Chicken isn't that bad either; gets a bit repetitive on your 5th transcon flight in a month, but it's not the worst.
 
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RE: Just How Bad Is Delta's Food?

Wed Aug 01, 2007 10:39 pm

Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 9):
Delta's first class domestic meal isn't horrible - it's some type of chicken breast (presented a couple of different ways),

Meal 1 - Chicken breast with mushroom ravioli, salad, roll with butter, and a varying slice of cake.
Meal 2 - Chicken breast with green beans or grilled vegetables and potatoes, salad, roll with butter, and a varying slice of cake.

Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 9):
gets a bit repetitive on your 5th transcon flight in a month

Yes it does but it is still better than nothing and is tasty and filling.
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RE: Just How Bad Is Delta's Food?

Wed Aug 01, 2007 10:54 pm

The food on our recent Delta JFK-BRU and return flight was pretty damn good, for an airline economy-class meal. The chicken was tender and actually moist.
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Wed Aug 01, 2007 10:55 pm

Quoting Braybuddy (Thread starter):
Last weekend at Dublin Airport, what seemed to be the entire cabin crew of a Delta flight were in the convenience shop buying breakfast rolls and other take-away snacks. Going by their immaculate appearance they seemed to be departing. The pilots waited outside, remaining dignified and aloof from this gorgefest-scramble.

Is Delta's food THAT bad, or do they not get breakfast in their hotel? I've never seen this before.

What a ridiculous post. No different than customers buying food or snacks on an international flight, in spite of the fact that meals will be served on board. Wasn't aware that buying a sandwich and a fresh squeezed juice at the concession at Dublin was classified as an undignified act. As it happens DUB airport has great breakfast rolls and sandwiches. Also, as Dublin is ranked in the top 10 most expensive cities in the world, many of my colleagues are not interested in dishing out 20 Euros for a greasy hotel buffet breakfast.

Quoting Braybuddy (Thread starter):
I've never seen this before.

 Yeah sure  Confused
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Wed Aug 01, 2007 10:58 pm

Quoting Braybuddy (Thread starter):
Last weekend at Dublin Airport, what seemed to be the entire cabin crew of a Delta flight were in the convenience shop buying breakfast rolls and other take-away snacks. Going by their immaculate appearance they seemed to be departing. The pilots waited outside, remaining dignified and aloof from this gorgefest-scramble.

Is Delta's food THAT bad, or do they not get breakfast in their hotel? I've never seen this before.

What a strange post. No different than customers buying food or snacks on an international flight, in spite of the fact that meals will be served on board. Wasn't aware that buying a sandwich and a fresh squeezed juice at the concession at Dublin was classified as an undignified act. As it happens DUB airport has great breakfast rolls and sandwiches. Also, as Dublin is ranked in the top 10 most expensive cities in the world, many of my colleagues are not interested in dishing out 20 Euros for a greasy hotel buffet breakfast.

Quoting Braybuddy (Thread starter):
I've never seen this before.

 Yeah sure  Confused
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RE: Just How Bad Is Delta's Food?

Wed Aug 01, 2007 11:38 pm

I flew them on JFK-FCO last year and was very impressed with the meals for Economy. Notably, they are the only airline to date who have offered me a whole fresh fruit with the meal, kudos to them for including a healthy option!


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RE: Just How Bad Is Delta's Food?

Thu Aug 02, 2007 1:04 am

Quoting Aanyc (Reply 6):
As a Flight Attendant I always bring my own food with me, I very seldom eat anything that we serve. It's not that the food we serve onboard is bad, it's just not the healthiest. Secondly, even if you do eat the food it's the same thing every trip and it gets old after awhile. On the other hand, 95% of pilots will eat anything we give them. Why would a pilot pay to bring his own food onboard when he gets it for FREE onboard.

Spot on! Couldn't have said it better. Although 95% may be a bit low. Big grin
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RE: Just How Bad Is Delta's Food?

Thu Aug 02, 2007 1:22 am

Yes, it is - but so is the food on AA, CO etc too. US carriers have lowered the bar so far on their food offerings in the name of cost-savings, even in premium classes, that they no longer even compare with even the Y offerings on carriers like AF. AA in particular is a culprit here, their food offering is abysmal now.
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RE: Just How Bad Is Delta's Food?

Thu Aug 02, 2007 4:55 am

Quoting FLYACYYZ (Reply 12):
What a ridiculous post. No different than customers buying food or snacks on an international flight, in spite of the fact that meals will be served on board. Wasn't aware that buying a sandwich and a fresh squeezed juice at the concession at Dublin was classified as an undignified act. As it happens DUB airport has great breakfast rolls and sandwiches.

What a ridiculous reply  Big grin . How many "customers" (or passengers, as they are more commonly called by us non-airline employees) have you seen buying food before a flight? Even with Ryanair and European Aer Lingus flights where passengers pay for food, most people buy it on board if they want.

Quoting FLYACYYZ (Reply 12):
Also, as Dublin is ranked in the top 10 most expensive cities in the world, many of my colleagues are not interested in dishing out 20 Euros for a greasy hotel buffet breakfast

I'd like to know what sort of hotels Delta puts its crew in if the have to pay 20 euro for breafast? Five star?

Quoting FLYACYYZ (Reply 13):
Quoting Braybuddy (Thread starter):
I've never seen this before.

 Yeah sure  Confused

Listen, I've been travelling for over 35 years, and usually notch-up one or two long-haul and half a dozen short-haul destinations each year, and I can tell you I have NEVER seen an ENTIRE crew queue up in an airport shop for food.
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RE: Just How Bad Is Delta's Food?

Thu Aug 02, 2007 5:09 am

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 17):
I can tell you I have NEVER seen an ENTIRE crew queue up in an airport shop for food.

Yes, but the brekkie at the DUB restaurant is very tasty, indeed. I have queued up many times for that. Baked beans on toast, black pudding, potatoes, a cuppa. Heaven on a plate. You can't get that onboard.

While the whole crew may be rare, at least a few of us do. Airplane food gets old after a while, especially if you see it everyday.
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RE: Just How Bad Is Delta's Food?

Thu Aug 02, 2007 5:41 am

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 10):
Meal 1 - Chicken breast with mushroom ravioli, salad, roll with butter, and a varying slice of cake.
Meal 2 - Chicken breast with green beans or grilled vegetables and potatoes, salad, roll with butter, and a varying slice of cake.

Sounds like my meals on my flights to and from LAS back in March.....

Having years back flown non-rev in First on DL, depending on the route, the meals weren't always that bad. The best flights to non-rev on in First were the old ATL-PDX and PDX-ATL flights that were legs to the ATL-PDX-NRT and NRT-PDX-ATL flights. BusinessElite service on a domestic flight. Choice of chicken or steak on the PDX-ATL flight. The steak wasn't that bad, it was better than the rubbery chicken you'd get up front on most domestic first class flights.

Even though passenger know there is meal service on their flight (or depending on the airline, the route, their class), some of them still grab something to eat because you never know when something might happen that delays the meal service. The flight could get delayed at the departure airport, or there could be rough weather in flight which would not allow meal service. I try to make sure I eat something before a flight just in case, even if there isn't a meal being served on the flight.
 
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RE: Just How Bad Is Delta's Food?

Thu Aug 02, 2007 6:25 am

When I flew DL CDG-CVG last week and the hot meal dish (some sort of pasta in a cream sauce) was really good while everything else was terrible!
 
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RE: Just How Bad Is Delta's Food?

Thu Aug 02, 2007 6:54 am

Quoting EWRCabincrew (Reply 18):
Yes, but the brekkie at the DUB restaurant is very tasty, indeed. I have queued up many times for that. Baked beans on toast, black pudding, potatoes, a cuppa. Heaven on a plate. You can't get that onboard.

Oh I know . . . a plateful of cholestorol! But these guys and girls were buying breakfast rolls, yoghurt, fruit and other things in the shop.
 
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RE: Just How Bad Is Delta's Food?

Thu Aug 02, 2007 8:03 am

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 21):
But these guys and girls were buying breakfast rolls, yoghurt, fruit and other things in the shop.

Like others have said, Braybuddy, they are probably sick of airplane food and didn't want to pay the price at the hotel for the brekkie (although I am sure DL crews get a discount at their hotel, we do).

It is rare for the whole crew to queue up. A few yes, but not the whole crew. In CGN, a few of us go to the Kamps right outside customs for a pastry, sandwich or whatnot. Damn good snacks and food. Beats what we get onboard.
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RE: Just How Bad Is Delta's Food?

Thu Aug 02, 2007 8:44 am

Quoting Braybuddy (Thread starter):
Just How Bad Is Delta's Food?

Ummm....it's not....

It's pretty good actually, with the exception of a few redeye domestic first dishes.
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